Dev Thakur sent me a link to this story:
ST. MEINRAD, Indiana (AP) — Monks in a monastery here may have a harder time with their vows of poverty now that they’ve got $26 million in spending money.
Two women rewarded the hospitality of the Benedictine monks at the St. Meinrad Archabbey by leaving them $13 million each in their wills, according to Archabbot Lambert Reilly.
“We would consider it an extreme blessing from God,” Reilly said. “We would also see it as somehow proof that we do exercise what’s supposed to typify us, and that is hospitality.”
Both women — Bernice Davey, 90, and Virginia Basso, 91 — had spoken of contributing to the monastery northeast of Evansville. “For them, it was home,” Reilly said.
Cool story, but what I thought was strange is the graphic CNN decided to show with this story.
St. Meinrad’s also has a business selling the same caskets and urns that are used by the monks. abbeycaskets.com provides some beautiful handcrafted items that seem to be very reasonable in pricing.
Update: A commenter points me to trappistcaskets.com. They also have some beautiful and some simpler and even more affordable caskets. Either way a Trappist or Benedictine is an excellent way to keep a vow of silence.